Normal' is a dryer setting.
There is simple ignorance, not knowing, and willful ignorance that refuses to know, that covers the light of knowledge with the dark blanket of bias.
Sometimes I wonder how normal normal people are, and I wonder that most in the grocery store.
No matter what I do, no matter how predictable I try to make my life, it will not be any more predictable than the rest of the world. Which is chaotic.
Everything in my life that I value has been gained at the cost of not saying what I really think and saying what they want me to say.
Having a mother who had been an aeronautical engineer convinced me that more things should be open to women.
When I was starting out, I did not do short fiction well, because I kept wanting to write books.
My first degree came years before my second. I had wanted to be a physicist, but I flunked calculus.
One of my degrees was a science degree in biology.
You can also make explicit certain social problems which, again, would be prejudged or not encountered at all in real life, because people have set up defenses against it. Fantasy allows you to get past defenses.
Other people, including me, have written books with main characters who were old and rich. Or old and brilliant. Old sages, old wizards, old rich people.
So when I got out of the military, I went back to school in biology, and earned a biology degree at the University of Texas, and then did some graduate work in it.
My personal feeling about science fiction is that it's always in some way connected to the real world, to our everyday world.
I revear all the gods but those that delight in cruelty. If Ra's light is kindly in your eyes than may his light shine on us all.
There are relatively few science fiction or fantasy books with the main character being an old person.
When a person responds emotionally to intellectual things, or emotionally only to traditional emotional things - I find that an interesting break between myself and some other writers and fans.
One thing nobody can do better than you is be you.
To the gods belong power, and to us the work of our hands.
I always thought my questions were wrong questions because no one else asked them. Maybe no one thought of them. Maybe darkness got there first. Maybe I am the first light touching a gulf of ignorance... Maybe my questions matter.
Motivation is the power behind plot.
Fantasy allows you to get past defenses.
This individual does not know where initiative ends and rocket-propelled idiocy begins.
Most eyes have more than one color, but usually they're related. Blue eyes may have two shades of blue, or blue and gray, or blue and green, or even a fleck or two of brown. Most people don't notice that.
It may be far in the future, but there's some kind of logical way to get from where we are to where the science fiction is.
It is not wrong to be different. Sometimes it is hard, but it is not wrong.
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